5 Reasons The Modern World Needs To Travel More
Category : Travel
We all know the importance of travelling and the advantages that it brings with it whether they are mental, physical or most importantly spiritual and there always have been a special emphasis on encouraging people to travel more but the recent turn of events globally have made travelling the need of the hour. I would like to present travelling as the single, most-powerful solution of the crisis that the world is facing right now regarding the recent populist political trend i.e. moving away from globalization. Travelling is not all about the personal and the individual, it affects society as whole as the process of travelling makes one more receptive and open-minded towards others and that open-minded school of thought is under threat right now. So here are the reasons that make travelling all the more important in the modern world:
The United Kingdom’s prospective withdrawal from the European Union was the one of the first of the events that set this trend towards localization which is not all wrong if applied within the limits of economic policies. However, there are reports of rising intolerance towards the people who are not natives and the issue of rising immigrants is also considered one of the major reasons behind Brexit and its after effects are not going to be very harmonious in long term.
Trump as president
United States’ President campaigned and to put it mildly made headlines for all the wrong reasons. His hateful comments and all the more support of closed economy and isolation from the world has made the presumed dead white supremacists to come out of their graves and spread their hate.
After Brexit, other populist politicians of other European countries are demanding for the same movement like Frexit for France and Nexit for Netherlands on the basis of similar issues. The biggest concern for travelers in this is that they will have to apply for different visas for travelling in the various countries of Europe as compared to the present highly connected Europe where you can apply for just one country and roam around the continent. However, that’s a far cry and the bigger concern is about the rising hate towards the people that doesn’t share the same culture.
For all the incidents above there is one major contributing factor which is Xenophobia i.e. fear and hatred for anything which is foreign. It doesn’t matter for now how these events will pan out but the message that events like these convey just encourages the islamophobics and racists and also makes them believe in their cause even more deeply.
It all boils down to the concept of the ‘other’ whether the other color, religion, culture or even gender. This distancing of ‘We’ from ‘them’ , and it will never get over if not other country then it will be the other state, if not that then it will be the other part of the town and even if not that then it will be the other neighborhood but the hate will prevail. It will never get over unless we start to accept the ‘other’ as our own.
So next time you travel somewhere even if it is the other part of your town where people of different culture reside, don’t just think of it as a nice, little trip; it is an uprising, an act of rebellion against the hate mongering people and their conforming herd. As Mark Twain also said “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.” Also, join the revolution by trying to travel and know the ‘other’ and accept it as a part of your beautiful universe. Go out there and rebel.